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9 Incredible Photo Stories You Absolutely Can’t Miss

Here are the most interesting and powerful photo stories from across the web.

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1. "Infrared Inauguration" — Mashable

Johnny Milano

As the old adage goes, when everyone zigs, you gotta zag. Faced with the prospect of competing with literally hundreds of other photographers covering the inauguration and protests in Washington, DC, photographer Johnny Milano brought a camera modified to capture infrared light. The images he created during that chaotic day certainly stand out among the photographs of the events. The odd coloration of people, tones of orange, yellow, and green are a result of the camera capturing a spectrum of light which exists just outside our perception, and as noted by Milano, brings "a sense of unity to the city, reconciling protesters and supporters."

—Ben King, deputy design director, BuzzFeed News

New York City has always been a sanctuary for those young dreamers in pursuit of the American dream. In these portraits, along with their accompanying interviews, that American dream is alive and kicking. Here is a stunning collection of NYC youth — their dreams, their aspirations, and their no-bullshit attitudes that will carry this new generation to unforeseen heights.

—Gabriel H. Sanchez, photo essay editor, BuzzFeed News

3. "Where Americans Still Stand Together" — New York Times

George Georgiou

My immediate reaction to this piece was, “I wish I’d thought of this” — photo editors are competitive in that way. My second thought was that George Georgiou is a genius for taking photos of Americans literally standing together over the course of a very tough election year and using it to make a subtle, but increasingly important point: No matter where we stand, we’re all in this together.

—Kate Bubacz, senior photo editor, BuzzFeed News

4. "Love And Black Lives, In Pictures Found On A Brooklyn Street" — New York Times

New York Times

This is a remarkable story of an old photo album tossed out as rubbish six years ago on a Brooklyn curbside. In a serendipitous encounter, New York Times reporter Annie Correal would stumble upon its dusty pages to discover a treasure trove of pictures documenting the vibrant lives of black New Yorkers during the mid-20th century. Take a journey with Correal as she tracks down the original owners of the photo album and unravels the mysteries behind these incredible pictures.

—G.H.S.

5. "These Photos Capture The Bleak Beauty Of Wildlife In Captivity" — Mother Jones

Eric Pillot

The frank sense of isolation is unavoidable in Eric Pillot's series, In Situ. The photographs feature animals frozen in the captivity of both physical space and time. The juxtaposition of living mammals, reptiles and birds against an artificial rendition of their natural habitat creates a powerful tableau. The painted backdrops feel extraneous — they're not convincing to the viewer, nor the animals, who certainly know they're not at home. Most striking are the images where the animal is staring back at the viewer. There's much to be read into their gaze: loneliness, vulnerability, and judgment.

—Laura Geiser, photo editor, BuzzFeed News

6. "This Photographer Shot More Than 100 Famous People In Two Years. These Are His Favorites." — Washington Post

Jesse Dittmar

Photographer Jesse Dittmar is a romantic, which is something clearly expressed in his portraits of celebrities, all of which are formal black-and-white images shot in the studio with a traditional camera. These technical choices are expressive of a bygone era of portrait photography in which the goal is simple — to capture that one soulful spark which makes the subject who they are. Needless to say, after shooting over 100 celebrities in two years, Dittmar has become quite efficient at this.

—G.H.S.

7. "Honest Dogs" — The Virginia Quarterly Review

Katie Orlinsky

Need a reprieve from the madness of the world? Check out Katie Orlinsky’s beautiful photos of sled dogs in Alaska. The pups may be out of work in a generation at this rate (too soon? Too dark?), but her ongoing project is a testament to a way of life worth saving.

—KB

8. "12 Things ISIS Fighters Abandoned Before They Fled" — BuzzFeed News

Thaier Al-sudani / Reuters

As ISIS fighters continue to lose ground in both Syria and Iraq, Reuters photographers have documented the possessions left in the wake of their retreat. Many of these objects, such as weaponry and ammunition, are reflective of their dwindling strength as an opposition to civility in the region, while others, such as the remains of charred cages and mass graves, paint a picture of the horrors that had once occupied these spaces.

—GHS

9. "Crowd Controversy: The Making Of An Inauguration Day Photo" — Reuters

Reuters

Inauguration day wasn’t over before the first controversy of the Trump administration erupted. An image, itself innocuous, resulted in an ongoing controversy about crowd sizes involving such disparate bedfellows as the Parks department, a wire photographer, several media outlets, the new press secretary, the new president, and most talking heads looking to discern the importance and truthiness of photography and facts themselves. Reuters does an admirable job of breaking down their side of the story in this article on what happened and when, which is important when one is looking to determine the truth.

—KB

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